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Who’s Who In Black Relaunches with New Website

Alan Hunt II Who’s Who In Black, a Real Times Media subsidiary, announces a new initiative to build a dedicated online community of African American professionals. The new initiative recognizes the growing need to provide African American professionals of various backgrounds the opportunity to connect and grow. Furthermore, it represents a shift in the ethos of Who’s Who In Black (formerly Who’s Who Publishing). “In the past, only select markets could be a part of the network,” said Hiram E. Jackson, CEO of Real Times Media, “But we listened to customer’s demands for a more interactive and multifaceted platform. Then, COVID-19 made it clear that we...

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Who’s Who in Black celebrates 100th anniversary of Negro National League

by Donald James Racism in the early-to-mid 20th century – and other periods of time – was painfully ugly in the United States of America. Such hatred, along with laws of bigotry – written and unwritten – robbed African Americans of the same opportunities afforded to whites freely and unconditionally. And playing professional baseball in America – the national pastime since the 1850s – was no exception. In the early-to-mid 1900s, white Major League Baseball players such as Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Mel Ott and Ted Williams were deemed superstars and ultimately elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Yet, during their playing heydays, and that...

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Who’s Who in Black Atlanta Returns for 2024

On Friday, Sept. 17 following a one-year hiatus in 2020 because of the deadly COVID pandemic, Who’s Who in Black Atlanta returned to long-awaited and much-anticipated reception by many of Atlanta’s most prominent citizens for a celebration of citizens and the unveiling of the Who’s Who In Black Atlanta Edition. More than 350 guests gathered in the Imperial Ballroom of the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta to greet each other and offer personal salutations after so many months of being limited to visual visits and socializing in a socially sterile way. They came to recognize, congratulate and celebrate African American achievement and excellence and continue to...

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Who’s Who in Black Detroit

Michael Burton learned the alphabet by repeating the letters stamped on the back of the automobiles he saw driving down the street in his native Lansing, Michigan. “B-U-I-C-K” “F-O-R-D” “O-L-D-S-M-O-B-I-L-E” “C-H-E-V-R-O-L-E-T” Both his parents worked blue-collar jobs at Oldsmobile, his father in the forge. Michael Burton was born, raised and bleeds cars, but he wanted to be in art. At age 10, he won an art competition and an interest was peaked. “I won a G.I. Joe doll,” he said. “One of the good ones, the big ones, not those puny little things they have now.” At 13, he wrote to the Human Resources department at...

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Carolyn Palmer’s Around Town – Who’s Who in Black Chicago

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. is a non-profit volunteer organization for African American women. The members address common issues in their communities, families and personal lives, promoting gender and racial equity. The NCBW is in the process of activating a chapter in the Chicagoland Area. NCBW National President Virginia Harris and National Third Vice-President Elizabeth Jones along with Dreema Lee Woldman, met recently with women of interest and will be conducting a search for more prospective members. Please visit the NCBW website for more information. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Chicagoland Chapters celebrated Founders Day and 97 years of Service with Ryan Chiaverini...

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Courtis Fuller: Cincinnati’s Favorite TV Personality

Courtis Fuller, a Hall of Fame broadcast journalist, stands as a beacon of journalistic excellence and community service, with a career spanning nearly 44 years. For the past 35 years, he has been the trusted news anchor for the Cincinnati NBC affiliate WLWT-TV, earning him numerous accolades and recognitions. In 2023, Fuller was honored with induction into the inaugural class of the WLWT Hall of Fame, a testament to his enduring impact on the field. His achievements extend beyond the newsroom, as a multi-Emmy award winner and a prestigious 2021 inductee into the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Silver...

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Kermit Waddell: The Power of We

Hailing from a lineage of activists, Mr. Kermitt Waddell, Esq. has carved a remarkable legacy by embodying the philosophy that it Is not about “i ism” or “me ism,” but about “we-ism” and “us-ism.”  His unwavering commitment to community-driven progress and inclusivity has left an indelible mark on his hometown of Charlotte. As a proud graduate of Second Ward High School, where his own uncle held the esteemed position of being the final principal, and a graduate of North Carolina Central Law School, Waddell’s path has been a profound embodiment of advocacy, education, and empowerment.  Rooted in his belief that collective efforts supersede individual interests, Waddell...

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Kathryn M. Hall: The Diversity Maven

With more than 20 years’ experience in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion, Ms. Kathryn M. Hall is the Corporate Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for JACK Entertainment. Affectionately known as “Ms. Fix It,” Hall’s mission is to provide resources to those in need.  “I have the ability to change people’s lives in this role overnight,” she says.  In her role, Hall oversees workplace culture, team member engagement, community outreach, vendor relations, sponsorship requests, and more. “Diversity touches every aspect of our business,” she reflects. “It’s one of the most diverse places I’ve ever worked.”  Hall also uses her position at JACK to uplift...

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Fran Frazier: Spiritual Leader, Women’s Advocate, Heroine

From childhood, it was instilled in then Frances Curtis that her last name is a mantle to uphold with great pride and dignity. This expectation of excellence transferred directly into her academic performance as the Philadelphia native earned straight A’s throughout elementary and high school.  Though she had outstanding academic success, Frazier chose an alternative and non-traditional career route upon her high school graduation. She had her sights set on becoming a volunteer. Her newfound passion came as a surprise to her parents, but she still accepted the calling. By the age of 18, Frazier was taking care of maternally deprived babies at Johns Hopkins University,...

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Mayor Brandon Johnson Champions Vision for Climate Action and Environmental Justice

Mayor Brandon Johnson of Chicago was welcomed by the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative as they celebrated their 20th anniversary Annual General Meeting. During this meeting, Mayor Johnson took the opportunity to reiterate his vision for climate action and environmental justice. “Climate action and environmental justice are top priorities for my administration, and we will address them with equal vigor,” said Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson. “Whether reducing greenhouse gas emissions or removing lead pipes for safe drinking water, we must ensure that every Chicagoan – especially those suffering from decades of disinvestment and neglect – benefits from our efforts to prepare for climate change...

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